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    • CommentAuthorAmber
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Hubby suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (he was a Peace Keeper and was stationed around the world in differnt countries) and when I was surfing the web I came across the US Veterans Affairs web site and it has a whole section on PTSD. While reading about it I discovered that alot of his aggressive behaviour could be caused by this and that veterans that suffer from PTSD are more likely to get AD.

    Does anyone elses LO suffer from PTSD? or is a veteran?
    • CommentAuthorpat
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Hi Amber, Very interesting and sad. This is a horrible disease and not enough findings to cure it. My LO is not a Veteran nor does he have ptsd but does have the aggressive behavior and paranoia. AD was very much in his family. Of eight siblings, my LO and 5 others had/has it.Their parents seem to both have it but it was before they dz it as being AD.
    Thanks for sharing I will research that anyway
    • CommentAuthorjoyce43*
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
    Amber, my husband does not have ptsd but one of his doctors ask if he was ever in the army in active duty. I told her he was in the Korean War and she said they had found that if the person was ever in active duty during war time that the training and experience of war is one of the last things they will forget. She said to watch him because he had been trained to fight. I don't know if this is entirely true or if it is just her personal opinion. But I am always on guard because I never know what he will do.
    • CommentAuthoringe
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
    I think I may have mentioned this before. We knew a reporter who has done a lot of work in war zones and started to have severe memory loss. PTSD was the diagnosis and with therapy his memory is slowly back to normal. Wish the same could be said for those suffering from AD....
    • CommentAuthorAnn*
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
    My husband is a Korean war veteran and is ready to argue with me at any given minute.He has never hit me but just lately has said he'd like to,then he says he doesn't want to but afraid he might.I told him if he ever did he should never turn his back on me.I am starting to be afraid and never have been before.This is the first I've ever heard of a possible connection before.My husband seems to be in about stage 3 or 4 of AD.
    • CommentAuthorjoyce43*
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
    Bill is pretty much into seven now. There have been times that I have worried he would hit me. I make sure to never turn my back on him when he is angry. I'm lucky that his anger never lasted too long.

    I always told Bill if he ever hit me it would be the last time, because that and infidelity were the two things I said I would never forgive or forget. It would be bye bye.

    The way Bill is at the hospital, I don't think I'll have to worry about him hitting me when he gets home. I can't be sure because when he's angry he turns into the incredible hulk. His strength seems to appear out of nowhere.
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2008
    Author catbird CommentTime 4 days ago edit delete
    I'm 58 and my HB is 82. He is a vet of WWII including the Phillipines. All during our 34 years of marriage when he woke up he would kick and flail his arms and LEAP out of bed. I joked that he would make a great ER doctor because he was instantly awake. He would always get up with our 5 babies at night and be clear headed and wide awake.

    However, I NEVER made the connection between PTSD and the waking up so violently until a teacher friend of mine told me, and this was after he was diagnosed 6 years ago. I don't know if the PTSD makes the AD worse or vice-versa. But I do know that there are things he was never able to discuss about the war. When he had to fill out forms to be "rated" by the VA for PTSD, he had to write a personal narrative about those experiences. By this time (because I didn't know he could have gotten funds much earlier) he was having trouble writing, and I had to help him with the sentence structure and grammar. What he wrote about wartime was horrible. I don't know if that helps or not, and like I said, I don't know what the connection is, but I do believe there is one between PTSD and AD. In California, he is eligible to go to a VA facility (a memory impaired wing of the VA hospital) for one week. He can go every 8 weeks. I also just found out about this 2 years ago. You might check and see if your state has anything like that. I didn't know what to do with myself the first time he went. It took me about 3 days to get used to not having to be on the "alert" 24/7. The "respite" is really for me of course, but I tell him it's for him, so he can visit with guys his own age and watch that great big wide-screen t.v. Hope this info helps someone else. I just wish I had known about it when our kids were younger, as there is college funding available for vets' kids also.